Human Milk Storage Guidelines

Breastfeeding Nutrition Education

The Human Milk Storage Guidelines reflect CDC recommendations on handling and storing expressed human milk, adapted from ABM Clinical Protocol #8: Human Milk Storage Information for Home Use for Full-Term Infants, Revised 2017.

WIC State and local agencies can order the magnet as shown on the right for free, and refer to these guidelines in their education efforts with WIC participants regarding how to store human milk safely and appropriately. You can also download the PDF of the English version from the link to the right.

You can view the CDC English and Spanish versions of the PDF from CDC's page on recommended storage and preparation techniques that nursing mothers and caretakers of breastfed infants and children can use to maintain expressed breast milk's safety and quality for the health of the baby.

Human Milk Storage Guidelines
Developed by: HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
Publication date: July 2018